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Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs

on July 20, 2021
last updated April 18, 2023
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These Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs are interactive, fun, and outrageously delicious. The best way to enjoy your boozy hot chocolate!
Glass Mug of Bailey's Hot Chocolate

Looking for a fun way to enjoy your favorite warming chocolate treat? These Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs are interactive, delicious, and just the right amount of boozy.

We’re talking shiny dark chocolate spheres filled with Baileys Hot Chocolate Mixture that melts into hot milk to warm your soul and tickle your taste buds.

close up of a Baileys Hot Chocolate Bomb with white chocolate drizzled over it

Baileys Hot Chocolate is an absolute favorite in our household. And living in Florida where our winter is all of three days, we enjoy this delicacy year-round!

And what’s better than Baileys Hot Chocolate? Only homemade Baileys Hot Chocolate mix hidden inside a dark chocolate sphere!

Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs Ingredients

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Chocolate Chips. High-quality dark chocolate chips will taste best. Using dark chocolate chips rather than semi-sweet also gives you more control over the sweetness.
  • Baileys Irish Cream. The best boozy accompaniment to your hot chocolate! This recipe has been tested with both Original Baileys Irish Cream and Baileys Almande Irish Cream, and both work great.
  • Cocoa Powder. The base of any great hot chocolate.
  • Granulated sugar. For sweetness.
dark chocolate chips, baileys irish cream, cocoa powder, and sugar

Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs Tips & Tricks

You’ll Need A Couple of Gadgets

In order to make these delicious treats, you’ll need both a candy thermometer and chocolate molds. I highly recommend these affordable options for optimal success:

This multi-use kitchen thermometer (pictured in this post).

These spherical chocolate molds are easy to use and easy to clean (also pictured in this post).

It’s also best to use a hand mixer to combine your Baileys Hot Chocolate Filling.

You’ll Have To Temper Your Chocolate

Tempering the chocolate is key to getting hot chocolate bombs that will firmly hold together and stay solid at room temperature. It also means you can handle them easily without getting melty chocolate all over your fingertips.

To temper the chocolate, you’ll need your trusty thermometer and a makeshift double-boiler. If you have a fancy double-boiler—great! If not, it’s super easy to make your own.

Just fill a large pot with about 2 cups of water and place either a large, heat-safe metal bowl or a second, smaller pot on top. You want the bowl or smaller pot to rest inside the larger pot, preferably without touching the water underneath.

Bring the water in the large pot to a boil so that the upper pot or bowl rises in temperature slowly from the hot water underneath. This is the best way to maintain control over the temperature of your chocolate.

Green tip: Make sure your chocolate is sustainably sourced. Look for Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, or UTZ certifications as opposed to self-proclaimed sustainability labels that sometimes falsely advertise “sustainably sourced”.

Once you’ve fashioned your double boiler and brought the water up to a boil, add your chocolate chips. Once they start to melt, remove them from heat, and stir until the chocolate is completely melted.

Stick your candy thermometer into the melted chocolate and monitor it as it starts to cool down. To temper it properly, you will have to bring the temperature of the chocolate all the way down to 80°F. This may take up to 20 minutes, depending on the temperature in your kitchen.

Once the chocolate comes down to 80°F, put it back over your boiling water and bring it back up to 90°F. This change in temperature from hot to cold to hot is what prepares your chocolate to be molded into spheres.

Using a Candy Thermometer to Monitor Chocolate Temperature while Tempering

Carefully Fill Your Molds

Use a spoon or pastry brush to add at least a tablespoon of chocolate to each mold. Carefully press the melted chocolate up the sides, ensuring that the chocolate comes all the way up to the top.

We want a pretty thick layer of chocolate, so be generous with the amount of chocolate you add to each mold. You should only have about 1/4 cup of melted chocolate remaining once your molds are filled.

filling spherical chocolate molds with tempered chocolate

Get Ready to Get Boozy

While your chocolate spheres are setting, whip up your Baileys hot chocolate filling. Add your Baileys Irish Cream to whatever melted chocolate is leftover, and use a hand mixer to combine until smooth.

Adding Bailey's Irish Cream to hot chocolate mixture

Add Your Cocoa + Sugar Next

Once your Baileys and melted chocolate are combined, add your sugar and cocoa powder and used your hand mixer again to combine.

You should be left with a thick, grainy, chocolatey mixture that looks like this:

Bailey's Hot Chocolate filling mixture

Set your Baileys Hot Chocolate mixture aside to prepare your spheres for filling.

Allow Your Spheres To Cool Completely

Place the chocolate-filled molds in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set. After 15 minutes, give each one a little poke, just to make sure they are completely solid.

Carefully peel back your mold. Option to wear gloves if your hands run hot and you’re worried about the chocolate melting, but tempering the chocolate usually makes this part of the process rather easy.

Set your half-spheres face up on a baking sheet or plate to get ready to fill them!

removing chocolate half spheres from mold

Fill ‘Em Up

Use a spoon or piping bag to fill 6 half-spheres with your Baileys hot chocolate filling. Fill them to the tippy-top, leaving little to no leftover mixture.

filling chocolate half-spheres with baileys hot chocolate bomb mixture

Seal ‘Em

Okay, we’ve tempered, we’ve molded, and we’ve filled up these hot chocolate bombs. Now it’s time to seal them!

Get a small pan hot over low heat. Grab your empty spheres, and one at a time, carefully press the edge of the sphere down onto the pan to get the edges hot and melty.

This melted chocolate around the edge will act as the glue to hold your hot chocolate bombs together. Allow them to set for 15 minutes at room temperature.

Enjoying Your Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs

Choose Your Ratio

So these hot chocolate bombs are designed to be enjoyed by mixing with 1 cup of hot milk. That being said, if you’re a chocolate fiend and want a super decadent Baileys Hot Chocolate, use 2 hot chocolate bombs per 1 cup of milk.

Pouring Hot Milk Over Bailey's Hot Chocolate 1

Heat Your Milk

The milk needs to be hot enough to completely melt the chocolate bomb, so we want it to be simmering. You can choose to use any milk you like—cow’s milk or non-dairy, both work perfectly.

You can heat your milk on the stove or in the microwave until it starts to simmer. Just make sure to remove it from heat quickly right when it starts to simmer because overheated milk can have an almost burnt taste.

Depending on your microwave, it will take anywhere from 60-90 seconds, but it’s best not to do it all at once. Start with 30 seconds and then continue to heat in 15-second intervals, checking in between.

For the stove method, you can either use a double-boiler until it simmers or heat directly over low heat, stirring frequently and watching closely to remove it as soon as it starts to simmer.

Green tip: Coconut milk is one of the lowest-impact milk choices when it comes to our environmental footprint. Coconut trees use little land, little water, and the production of coconuts requires no deforestation.

Pour Or Drop?

You can choose to pour your hot milk over top of the bomb in a mug or you can heat up your milk in the mug and drop the hot chocolate bomb in! Whichever you prefer!

My husband argues that it’s not technically a hot chocolate bomb unless you drop it in, but I beg to differ (he also swears by the 2:1 bomb-to-milk ratio, but I digress).

Whichever technique you decide to use, just make sure to use a heat-safe mug.

Stir It Up!

The hot milk should melt the chocolate bombs pretty easily, but stirring it well will help it along.

Use a spoon to stir until the hot chocolate bomb is completely integrated into the milk and your Baileys Hot Chocolate is nice and smooth.

Stirring Hot Milk with Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs

Storing Your Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs

These bombs will stay tasty for up to two weeks (if you have the willpower to keep them that long 😉). Just store them at room temperature in a bag or sealed container.

For another fun way to enjoy hot chocolate, check out this Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board!

Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs Frequently Asked Questions

What are Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs?

Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs are spheres of tempered chocolate filled with a Baileys-infused hot chocolate mixture.

They are designed to melt in hot milk to form Baileys Hot Chocolate.

How do you use Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs?

There are two ways to use Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs.

You can either add a hot chocolate bomb to piping hot milk and stir to dissolve or you can add your Baileys hot chocolate bomb to a heat-safe glass or mug and pour hot milk on top.

Either way, you will have to stir the bomb/milk mixture to completely dissolve the hot chocolate bomb and form your Baileys Hot Chocolate.

Can I Heat Up Baileys?

Yes, you can heat Baileys, but it’s important to remember that Baileys is 17% alcohol by volume. Alcohol is flammable, so be careful if you are heating over an open flame.

Alcohol starts to evaporate at 172°F, so to keep the integrity of your Baileys, it’s best to keep it under this temperature.

Do you put Hot Chocolate Bombs in milk or water?

While you can use water to make hot chocolate from your pre-mixed powders, it’s best to use milk for hot chocolate bombs.

Not only will milk yield a richer, tastier hot chocolate, but it’s also the only way to dissolve the melted chocolate coating around the powder.

Water will cause your melted chocolate to seize, leaving you with a lumpy mess.

Can you eat Hot Chocolate Bombs?

These Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs are 100% edible and safe to eat. However, they are designed to be dissolved in milk, so you may find them too rich and sugary to eat on their own.

Bailey's Hot Chocolate with Confectioner's Sugar Being Dusted on Top

Why You Should Make These Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • They’re fun! What better than a chocolate explosion?
  • They’re decadent. Warm, smooth, creamy, chocolatey… need I say more?
  • They’re boozy. Just the right amount of Irish Cream to give ’em a little boost.

If you’re loving these Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs and want more fun Baileys recipes, check out this Baileys Hot Chocolate Tart and Baileys French Toast. And for more seasonal treats, try these Candy Cane Shortbread cookies!

6 Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs on a silver cooling rack

Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs

4.7 from 18 votes
Marley Goldin
These Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs are interactive, fun, and outrageously delicious. The best way to enjoy your boozy hot chocolate!
Assembly & Setting Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 bombs


Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup Baileys Irish Cream (Baileys Almande for vegan)
  • cup dark cocoa powder (3/8 cup = 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • cup granulated sugar (3/8 cup = 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips (for decoration – optional)

Baileys Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup milk (cows or non-dairy)
  • 1 Baileys Hot Chocolate Bomb
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate curls (optional)


Making Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • Start by tempering the chocolate, to ensure it is nice and solid to hold in your Baileys hot chocolate mixture. Add chocolate chips to a double boiler or glass bowl over a large pot with boiling water.
    Melt the chocolate chips and remove from heat. Monitor the temperature of the chocolate with a candy thermometer. Allow it to come down to 80°F. Then, bring your chocolate back up to 90°F.
  • Fill 12 chocolate molds by adding roughly 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate to each mold and use a pastry brush or spoon to spread it as evenly as possible to the inside, ensuring the chocolate comes all the way up the sides.
    Place molds in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.
  • Add the room temperature Baileys to the bowl with the remainder of the chocolate and use a hand mixer to combine until smooth.
  • Add sugar and cocoa powder to Baileys and chocolate mixture and combine.
  • Once the chocolate has set, carefully remove the half spheres from the molds and place them face-up on a plate.
  • Fill 6 half-spheres to the top with Baileys Hot Chocolate mixture.
  • Get a frying pan hot over low heat. One at a time, press the empty chocolate half-spheres onto the pan to melt the edges. Then, use the melted edge to fasten it to a filled half-sphere, to form a hot chocolate bomb.
  • Allow Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs to set for about 15 minutes at room temperature.
  • To add white chocolate decoration, melt 2 tablespoons of white chocolate in the microwave then drizzle on top.

Enjoying Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs

  • Each hot chocolate bomb is designed for 1 cup of hot milk. Heat milk on the stove or in the microwave until just simmering.
  • Drop hot chocolate bomb in milk or pour milk over hot chocolate bomb in a mug. Stir until combined.
  • Garnish as desired and enjoy hot!

Pro Tips

  • Use Baileys Almande and vegan chocolate chips and enjoy with nondairy milk to make these vegan.
  • For a super decadent Baileys Hot Chocolate, use 2 hot chocolate bombs per 1 cup of milk.
  • Love Baileys and Chocolate as much as me? Trust me, try this Cozy Baileys Hot Chocolate Tart!
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Baileys, Chocolate, Hot Chocolate, Hot Chocolate Bombs, Recipes Using Baileys
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11 thoughts on “Baileys Hot Chocolate Bombs”

  1. These sound delicious!
    Definitely going to be making some for gifting.
    I have a question regarding how much chocolate to put in each mold.
    Is it 1T. or 1tsp.?
    I see above the recipe it reads 1T.
    In recipe reads 1tsp.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Evie! SO sorry for the confusion. It will take just about 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate to thoroughly coat your mold. I like to use a pastry brush to brush the melted chocolate onto the mold which makes it a little tougher to measure, so just make sure it’s nice and thick to securely hold your hot chocolate mixture. Enjoy! These truly are a treat!

      1. Thank you so very much for your quick response.
        Sorry, another question, Will it make a big difference if more or less than 1/4C. of chocolate is remaining for the filling?

        1. Not at all! Just use whatever is remaining as your base, and add the baileys, cocoa powder, and sugar to that. This step is here more or less to not waste any delicious chocolate!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the most delicious treat I have ever had. It’s the chocolate lovers perfection with a nice bit of Irish Cream kick. Love it. My new favorite treat!

    1. YAY!! SO excited for you, Marion!!

      I’m sure you can stretch them out longer than 2 weeks if you store them in the refrigerator. I conservatively say two weeks at room temperature just because they are filled with Bailey’s, but there will be visible signs of spoilage when they are bad, so you’ll know!

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